The Southern Center for Human Rights

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  • 3rd November 2004

    Willie Floyd Williams Jr. spent eight months in the Clinch County Jail before he could post bail. But before he could leave, Williams was told to report to a deputy sheriff, who informed him he owed $4,608 to cover his jail costs.

    After Williams signed a promissory note pledging to pay $20 per week until the balance was cleared, he was finally released. In the note, Williams acknowledged that if he failed to pay, he would be thrown back in jail.

  • 12th August 2004
    Family members and lawyers describe assaults of teens in prison

    Wayne Boatwright Sr. couldn't hold back tears as he told legislators about the death of his 18-year-old son, Wayne Boatwright Jr. He was strangled to death in February at Lee Arrendale State Prison, where children between the ages of 13 and 17 found guilty of one of seven violent felonies are sent. Once there, they often are preyed upon by the prison's older population, documents show.

  • 29th June 2004

    Alabama's female prisoners may soon live with fewer roaches and spiders in their dorms.

    They could get more ice, fans and showers at Tutwiler Prison for Women, where summer temperatures regularly rise above 85 degrees. And they could have access to better medical care, more classes and more drug treatment.

    It took a federal lawsuit to bring about basic, constitutional conditions at Alabama's only women's prison. A two-part settlement in the case was filed Monday. It awaits the approval of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

  • 4th June 2004

    BIRMINGHAM, AL  -- This week, United States Magistrate Judge John E. Ott issued his report and recommendations on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a class of HIV-positive inmates in the Alabama prison system in November, 2002, challenging the living conditions and inadequate medical care provided at Limestone Correctional Facility.

  • 27th May 2004
    Limestone HIV unit's facilities, delays in pill distribution cited

    Alabama prison officials have agreed to provide dozens of improvements to the medical care and treatment of Alabama's HIV-positive prisoners to settle a federal lawsuit.

    The Alabama Department of Corrections also must submit its HIV unit at Limestone prison to two years of monitoring by a medical consultant, who will visit quarterly to make sure prisoners are treated in accordance with national standards.

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